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Lucas alert!

Any new footage from Toulouse, France-homegrown Lucas Puig usually needs no extra commentary; the tradition again applies with this new video part of his, although we will dare mention that it's excerpted from disc two of the new Hélas full-length video "Fellas", available in DVD form for free with any order from their website, here. The whole first disc can already be streamed here, whilst the rest of the contents on the second one is bound to forever remain mysterious... Or is it?

Honest bouffe

Passionate filmer still infatuated with the VX-1000 from the suburbs of London James "D.J." Davidson (already the author of "Shmara" and "Lost") is back with one more hard-hitting edit - filmed over the span of a five-day trip to Paris - and, per usual, many a story to tell. This time, his problem on the trip had less to do with the absence of fresh socks than with the one of functional camera viewfinders; meaning that, deprived of any visual control over the settings and footage whilst filming, D.J. had to document everything blind, in addition to learning to function in a world temporarily devoid of visible menus. That technical hiccup in mind, the quality and colors he eventually managed to come up with are especially incredible, as all D.J. had to trust the whole time was his own practical knowledge of the camera; eventually dropping "Boof", an edit with, ironically, not one rough bit in sight.

His homie Dino Torres was aboard the party boat too, and also documented the trip in a completely different style, all in H.D. and in the vein of the style William Strobeck has been popularizing over the past few years with the Supreme videos. His edit of the same week, entitled "Honest Work", can be peeped here; the opportunity to compare both approaches is rarely that accessible!

Seven

LIVE has brought them up on quite a few occasions beforeDeep Dish is the Chicago-based collective with a knack for independent production, be it in paper or video form. Today, they are back (although they really never left) with "Seven" - not the remake of the David Fincher movie one would understandably expect, but the seventh installment in their video series, which makes at least just as much sense. Given that Mark Dunning, guilty of the video editing tasks as usual, recently had to relocate to the East Coast due to work, the local Jon Schmoldt is the one who came through with stacking most of the Loop tapes - and that was all in between knee injuries. Eventually, the process took a whole pair of years, the final product came out just in time for the seventh anniversary of the first Deep Dish video and zine, Brett Weinstein, CJ Kelly and the always surprising, never-not-playful Steffen Watts earned themselves full sections, Sean Cullen got his revenge and the most gourmet gourmandizers of you might even catch a taste of Hopps in the recipe, as it turns out Jahmal Williams and Dustin Eggeling both did just that - hopped... - on the party.

One man's trash...

... is another man's treasure, or empty canvas, or whatever it is a certain saying implies. Anyway, here, the context is Philadelphia via the appropriately-named local company: Municipal, which just so happens to involve quite the handful of interesting skate profiles in its productions; here, we're talking - amongst others - Matt Militano, Dylan Pearce, Sean Spellissy and Ricky Geiger, all seemingly on recycling duty seeing as literal trash is most everything everybody skates in this new three-minute clip, highlighting the omnipresent problem Philadelphia has with littering. It tends to make one ponder the potential difficulty of being both a skateboarder and a germaphobe, and is a montage by Carson Reuther.

All expenses paid

Although information is simultaneously overwhelmingly plentiful and lost in a scroll nowadays, for your own good, try and remember: Chris Thiessen is one of the heads behind the Threads Idea Vacuum think tank, and also responsible for the last TransWorld Sony VX-1000 full-lengths ("Riddles In Mathematics" being the curtains of what has been a saga; at the time, LIVE actually interviewed Chris about the making of such a production, here!).

Throughout the past few months, we've been introducing you to his new adventure: Free Travel, a clothing brand strong of colorful designs and not just one, but two video offerings already. Needless to specify, despite such business, Chris hasn't been leaving his trustworthy VX behind - at all - and is now adding a third installment to that series, after a few months of always better fine-tuning his fisheye dexterity around the company of the appropriately-named Matt Town and Mike Bloodsworth, this time - but also of Matt Field, who is seemingly set on never slowing down and earns himself a guest clip, because he can.

But the skateboarder Chris really wanted to highlight here is a new recruit: Josh Wilhite from Memphis who, according to him, turned out to be a delight to document as he's interested in spots of all types and forms, ensuring a fresh take on the streets of L.A. and its surroundings. We'll leave that up to your appreciation, now!

The chosen one alert!

As though to better make autumn rhyme with Jake Johnson, Converse is just dropping this new montage comprising clips aplenty of the man LIVE has chosen to refer to as "the chosen one" since the Big Bang, at the very least. We would like to invite the skeptical to revisit J.J.'s section in the Alien Workshop video "Mindfield" and the converted, his legendary part in the Chapman video "Short Ends". That one re-edit of his GX 1000 footage is worth its weight in gold as well and although, recently, his presence had been a bit more scarce (although always remarkable), the wind seems to be changing directions. Just over the past few days, it's been made obvious again Jake is out skating with his friends every day, and the footage naturally ends up in edits such as this one, or college frat videos; and that's when he isn't busy missing his train stop, only to end up filming a full part with the local kids for their video... A true legend, we been sayin'!

Pop rock

As hinted yesterday by our GALERIE feature, made of the photos of Davy Van Laere and Hugo Snelooper, The Pop heads drop an edit celebrating their collab' with Carhartt, and use it as an excuse to team up and explore rural parts of Holland. No chance you would be tired of seeing those spots, yet! Maybe their best production, yet…

Retro-Future

D.O.A. is another name LIVE has brought to your attention before: also known as Dead On Arrival, the enterprise is ran by Steve Fletch, formerly of Northern Co. who eventually decided to move on to do his own thing. For their newest promo video, he attempted to "make the A Tribe Called Quest 'Scenario' video into a skate edit"; a description as exciting as the final result, very punchy and full to the brim of efficient skateboarding. Let's highlight the return of the great Kyle Cielencki and Eric Nguyen duo, in front of and behind the camera respectively, and that Stephen Buggica got involved as well, amongst others.

Water stream rock smashing fist

Remember Stephen Buggica? The independent filmmaker from Florida LIVE interviewed a little while back about his full-length project "MIXTAPE vol. 3", in the Shaqueefa series. At the time, he was already thinking of launching his own thing production-wise and that's exactly what he's been up to since, under the moniker Busted Mic. One can peep his two former clips here, and also this very new one: a brand new Jimmy Lannon part, only proving that the Floating Don is still way up there at taoist levels, even after years of setting consecutive bump-to-bar world records and repping Magenta on his local turf like one proud lion that would commute from prey to prey in switch stance more often than not.

Third base

"Third Base" is a new little audiovisual gem brought to us by a certain Thomas Ormonde, dropping out of the blue and retracing a year of skateboarding around Tokyo with the local Adidas riders. The list of which is quite prestigious, including - amongst others - Hiroki MuraokaShin SanbongiYoshiaki ToedaSeimi Miyahara and Kento Yoshioka, but also some occasional transplants such as the worldwide Laurence Keefe, or a Glen Fox whose section is rumored to have been filmed in a three-hour streak - nothing surprising as the man obviously has the ability to bend time and space. The cherry on the cake here is the filmmaking which, with some nice sixteen millimeters and actually well-made, probably alone warrants a peep. Another good reason would be to get a nice appetizer for the upcoming "LENZ 3" (which we were bringing up just earlier), the next Tightbooth full-length, out no sooner than when it's done.

Blacks and whites

If in Paris tonight, this thirty-first of October, then let's meet as early as 6 PM at Carhartt WIP Store Paris Le Marais, for the launch of the brand's new collection, a collaborative effort with our Amsterdam homies over at POP Trading Company!
 
In order to get you amped for Friday's edit, you can already get in the mood via those photos by Hugo Snelooper and Dave Van Laere, above!

 

Swedish slappies

Our Swedish homies over at Poetic Collective just earned themselves the luxury of a worldwide-scale collaboration with Film Trucks, ex-Cliché founder Jérémie Daclin's new company and, as though to make it all the more official, the virus known for atrophying one's ollie muscles was spread all the way to and around Malmö - where some fine lads await us to reassure that the disease may not be that lethal after all. All filmed by Markus Bengtsson, also behind the recent Copenhagen edit: "Pas De Problème..."!

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